If you haven’t checked out Fayetteville Public Library’s Project Fayetteville digital image archive in a while, you’ve got a lot of catching up to do.
Since launching the project almost a year ago, the library has collected nearly 1,000 images from Fayetteville’s past, and library staff are scanning more every day.
The project’s largest source to date is a batch of photos from the city’s planning department archives. The photos, which were taken in the 1970s as part of a sign ordinance research project, double as reminders of a time when gasoline was 32 cents per gallon and a pint of chicken livers cost less than a dollar.
Library staff have also scanned private collections donated by several local families.
Officials with the project are still seeking photos to add to the collection, so if you have images you’d like to share, call 479-856-7250 or stop by the library at 401 W. Mountain St.
We’ve included a few of our favorites below. Make sure to check out the entire collection when you get a chance.
Recognize any of these places?
Northwest corner of Mountain Street and South Locust Avenue, February 12, 1973.
Block Avenue near West Meadow Street, February 9, 1973.
West of College Avenue on the north side of Meadow Street, February 9, 1973.
East side of East Avenue, between Mountain and Center Streets, February 9, 1973.
Northwest corner of Block Avenue and Rock Street, February 12, 1973.
East of east corner of Mount Comfort Road, ca. 1973.
Southeast Corner of Church Avenue and Mountain Street, February 12, 1973.
East of the southeast corner of Church Avenue and Mountain Street, February 12, 1973.
East of Leverett Avenue on North Street, north side, January 24, 1973.
Archibald Yell Boulevard and the north side of South Locust Avenue, January 12, 1973.